Charles Avison
(1709-1780)

Died aged c. 71

Charles Avison (/ˈeɪvᵻsən/; 16 February 1709 (baptised) – 9 or 10 May 1770) was an English composer during the Baroque and Classical periods. He was a church organist at St John The Baptist Church in Newcastle and at St. Nicholas's Church (later Newcastle Cathedral). He is most known for his 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti and his Essay on Musical Expression, the first music criticism published in English.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Assembly House, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Charles Avison black plaque
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Photo of Charles Avison black plaque
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Photo of Charles Avison black plaque
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Assembly House, Westgate Street. Charles Avison 1709-1780. Composer. Held his first public subscription concert in this building in 1735. the first Assembly Rooms in Newcastle 1716-1736.

Westgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where he played (1734)

1709-1770 Charles Avison. The foremost English concerto composer of the 18th Century; organist, writer on music, and concert director. He was born and worked in Newcastle. Buried here by the nave porch.

St Andrew's Church, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where he was buried (1780)

Charles Avison 1709-1770 Composer. The foremost English concerto composer of the 18th Century; lived and worked in a house in Rosemary Lane in the 1730s when he was appointed Organist to St John's and St Nicholas Churches. Rosemary Lane, City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Rosemary Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where he lived and worked